Posted at 10:30 AM on April, 26 2016
Most of us consider education to be a valuable asset, and a necessity for living a good life. It teaches us maths, science, language, and introduces valuable skills and knowledge into our mental process. In the US, school education is mandatory for children and is therefore paid for by the government, via public schools. So it is in a number of other countries across the world. In many countries schooling is considered a basic right and privilege of every child.
Contrary to schools, college in the US is optional and is something that people have to pay for, either with money they have saved up, or by taking student loans. A high school education does not buy much nowadays; it is considered suitable only for those who earn a living via labour skills or those holding entry-level administrative positions. Most companies expect their employees to be well qualified and to have completed college.
So in many ways, an education, starting from schooling and culminating in atleast a basic college degree (or more) seems very appealing and almost mandatory for modern life. At a physical level, all of this is certainly helpful for navigating the world around us. Everyone wants to do well in life. The ability to afford a good house, a good job/ position are certainly important. This not only helps us to afford a good lifestyle, but it also give us a good standing in society. We make better friends and our ability to attract the right life partner improves after establishing a good career.
Nevertheless, it is prudent to note that there are some critical issues with the entire education system. Firstly, our schooling system breeds competition and comparison, and this can cripple the minds of many who need a more supportive educational environment. Repeated tests and exams put a certain level of stress on young lives and make kids more fearful and worried. For true education to take place, there needs to be openess and free inquiry. When a student’s actions are constantly controlled by a system of reward and punishment, learning gets hampered. Many in our society assume that competition brings out the best in us and helps us to produce better results. But in reality the opposite is true. Competition blocks innovation and creativity, thereby creating a system where only a fixed set of thinking is encouraged and all differences in opinion are either ignored or frowned upon.
There is another issue with the schooling system that is quite insidious. In addition to teaching regular subjects, schools tend to create our value system. We gather our values in life during our early years, from our parents, our teachers and our schools. They tell us that certain types of behavior and speech is good, and that other ways of thinking or behavior are not.
In many countries across the world, topics such as history tend to be manipulated, or atleast subtly tweaked, as per the needs of those in power. Anyone who questions the schooling system is generally discouraged from doing so or is simply ignored. All of this restricts learning and creates a society that does not have the openness to enable true learning. For true learning does not cause any restrictions on what can be learnt, learning just happens naturally and in an environment of freedom.
In the end, most good students end up with a diploma or certificate of some kind, but without the love of learning and inquiry. Many students feel forced to learn certain topics they dislike, and unable to learn other things which they love. What we learn, how we learn them and when, these matters get dictated by the school administrators, our teachers and lastly, our parents.
To solve this problem, many parents and kids are opting for specific private schools. But not everyone can afford private schools, and there is a wide variance in the flexibility of various private schools. Some private schools are similar to the public schools, just with a few additional perks. Still other parents are choosing to home school their kids, so they have more control over the curriculum. This allows the parents and the kids to customize the studies to suit the student’s interests. Here again, not everyone can homeschool their kids, especially in families where both the parents hold fulltime jobs. Also, with homeschooling, things may be better, but it is mportant for the parent to listen to the child and teach accordingly. But in some cases, there are a few parents who dictate a very specific method of homeschooling which may differ from the child’s interests. In the end, each situation is different, and a lot of things are not in the direct control of the child, atleast not until the child reaches adulthood.
Ultimately, the first time a student can have sufficient control and independence with education is after completing school. That is generally when most kids reach the age closer to 18, and when they are considered adults, atleast in a general sense. Generally, this is when a person is capable of making important life choices for themselves. This is where CollegeOnomics comes in.
CollegeOnomics is a service specifically formulated for adults, both young adults, and adults in all other varying age groups. With CollegeOnomics, you can have a great degree of flexibility in studying what you want, how you want, when you want, and for very little money. Ultimately, our aim at CollegeOnomics is to provide you with the best in education, while simultaneously providing an option for erasing some of the obvious pitfalls of our education system.